458th Bombardment Group (H)

  Honoring those who served with the 458th BG during World War II

Scaif Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - April 20, 1945

Kneeling: Jack Roehr - RO, Robert Heideman - CP, Harvey Scaif - P, John Traeger - N


If you can identify anyone on this crew, please contact me.


(Photo: Pete Traeger)


Transferred from 453BG

ScaifCrew
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Harvey E Scaif 0714191 Pilot 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
2Lt Robert G Heideman  0831179 Co-pilot 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
2Lt John E Traeger 02062716 Navigator 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
T/Sgt  Jack D Roehr 39282758 Radio Operator 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
T/Sgt Alfred D Paine 11027842 Flight Engineer 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
S/Sgt Boyd N Lowry 38342406 Armorer-Gunner  20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
S/Sgt Howard C Hinds 13158069 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
S/Sgt John H Ellis 39471788 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG
S/Sgt Jack R Wilkins 33641904 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453BG 

1Lt Harvey E. Scaif and crew were assigned to the 458th on the day of the group's 239th mission.  Five days later, the group flew number 240, the last Eighth Air Force combat mission of World War II in Europe.  Scaif's crew (along with several others) are believed to have been assigned from the 453rd Bomb Group, stationed at Old Buckenham.  Why the transfer was made at this late stage in the war is unknown.  How many missions this crew had flown with the 453rd is likewise unknown.  They arrived too late to fly any missions with the 458th.

In June 1945, Scaif was assigned to ferry a Liberator back to the States along with his crew and several ground men from the group.

B-24H-25-DT 42-51114  F8 J+ Whiskey Jingles (453BG  733BS)

The crew may have flown this Liberator on one or more missions while in the 453rd Bomb Group


(Courtesy: B-24 Bestweb)


With Gypsy Queen - 453BG

Kneeling: Robert Heidemen, Harvey Scaif, John Traeger

If you can identify anyone on this crew, please contact me.


(Photo: Pete Traeger)

Spring 1945

Damage to No. 3 engine, sustained by the crew on a mission to Magdeburg

(Photo: Pete Traeger)

June 1945

Standing: John Traeger, Harvey Scaif, Robert Heidemen


(Photo: FOLD3)


Certificate of Valor


Courtesy: Pete Traeger